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“Shall we get you another cup of coffee?” “I’d love one.” “Can I add something stronger?” “No thanks, I don’t drink very often.” Re-entering the kitchen, Paul poured two coffees and after Eilea added milk, ushered her into the front room. “Do you prefer any particular kind of music?” “Mostly, easy listening although I’m not […]

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“I apologize for that.  I thought I was a better actress. They’ve obviously noticed I’ve been on edge lately.” Her smile held reservation but she persisted.  “I’ve been going through some unusual problems lately. Admittedly I’ve been a little gun shy since the divorce, that and too busy to become involved with anyone.  The kids […]

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“Ok,” the perky red-head replied, “back in a few.” “So are you desperately hungry or moderately ravenous?”  Eilea asked a smile in her voice. “Ravenously starving!”  Brandon replied.  Everyone laughed, for they all knew how much both he and Cliff could pack away. A few moments passed and Eilea asked, “Has everyone had enough time […]

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“You’re quick!  As a matter of fact, I am a visitor, from Port Hardy, and I can’t resist a jewelry store.  The displays are so beautifully done.” “And expensive.” “And expensive,” she agreed.  “However, I didn’t say I was buying, just looking.” “Well, ‘just looking’, I’d like to introduce myself because I’m sure you’ve told […]

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“So, are we ready to hit the Mall?” “You make it sound like some sort of adventure,” Christina quipped. “Hey, we rarely shop together these days.” After wandering around for nearly an hour, they returned to the Laundromat arriving as their machines stopped spinning.  Loading their wet clothes into eight dryers, they plugged in their […]

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“The psychologist I’ve spoken with are of the opinion he’s not capable of handling direct contact which explains why he’s chosen this method of approach.” “So you think he’ll get tired of the scenario and give up.” “Yes, since it only leaves one other option open and one he’s highly uncomfortable with.  He’ll get tired […]

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The ringer at the front door sounded and upon hearing Joe Morton’s voice, Eilea entered the codes, listening until he’d cleared the front entrance. Momentarily a knock sounded at her door.  Looking through the peep-hole and recognizing him, she opened the door. “Hello, Ms. Martin.” “Make it Eilea, please.” “Ok, Eilea.” “Have a seat.  I’ll […]

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She hadn’t planned on telling anyone about the incidents and indeed, it would have remained her secret had George not accidentally intercepted a call.  Asking her into his office, he said, “Eilea, what’s going on?” “What do you mean, George?” “Come on, don’t play innocent with me.  The obnoxious phone calls; how long?” Her shoulders […]

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Soon stories surfaced relating to her husband’s activities.  Although she was beyond caring personally, her friends didn’t believe her, suggesting she was in denial.  In truth, she was coming to terms with the situation that existed.  Other friends rushed to her side relating stories about nightly pubbing, drinking excessively, and the ever-changing variety of girlfriends.  […]

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